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Must have been one very hungry turkey to have gone into your chicken run.. The idea of a wild turkey doing this makes me very curious.

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Hi Helomech,

Looking at your wild turkey, it's easy to see where domesticated turkeys came from.

Our wild turkey (Australian Brush Turkey) is no relation to the American species.....and is quite different in appearance.

The Brush Turkey lives happily in and around urban areas and its behaviour suggests that it knows that it is a protected species because it will happily move into your backyard and build its nest.

Before you assume that that could be a good thing, a brush turkey nest is a huge accumulation of leaves, twigs and earth.....of up to 14 feet in diameter and up to 5 feet high......that might just happen to be located in the centre of your lawn or garden beds.

If you are particularly unlucky it may bring its entire family group (usually consists of a dominant male and two or more hens) to live at your house......if that happens to be in Queensland or northern New South Wales.

Gary

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Hi Helomech,

Looking at your wild turkey, it's easy to see where domesticated turkeys came from.

Our wild turkey (Australian Brush Turkey) is no relation to the American species.....and is quite different in appearance.

The Brush Turkey lives happily in and around urban areas and its behaviour suggests that it knows that it is a protected species because it will happily move into your backyard and build its nest.

Before you assume that that could be a good thing, a brush turkey nest is a huge accumulation of leaves, twigs and earth.....of up to 14 feet in diameter and up to 5 feet high......that might just happen to be located in the centre of your lawn or garden beds.

If you are particularly unlucky it may bring its entire family group (usually consists of a dominant male and two or more hens) to live at your house......if that happens to be in Queensland or northern New South Wales.

Gary

That is a pretty bird, a few big dogs would keep those out of your yard.

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